Green algae, before drying and grinding it into powder

SERENDIPITY

This project is about experimenting with different materials, observing how natural materials react in combination with non-biological, synthetic materials, detecting the effects of various external influences. It is a rather experimental process and as such, the outcome is rather less predictable.

By analyzing the new materials and highlighting their different appearances and characteristics, new ideas are evolved for whose applications the new materials are valuable. Focusing on their advantages, new products are developed which benefit of the newly-created wrought materials.   

 

 

IVY


Ivy_sunglasses

IVY is the first outcome from the experimental process. 

Fascinated of the intense green colour of Ivy and other chlorophyll containing materials, I tried to find a way to preserve the various green shades.    

After experimenting with paper-like structures made out of ivy fibers, the more promsing results were made while mixing the ivy and wheat-grass fibers with natural “glues“ such as methyl cellulose. 

Next step was to drive the material to its physical limits, such as the material´s thickness. Outcome is a set of filigrane, completely organic frames of sunglasses.    

 

Logical consequence of the previous outcome is to find a material whichcontains these natural “glue“ in itself. The most obvious substance is lignin in wood. 

Keeping up the idea of maintaining the green colour as a symbol of the natural origins of the new materials, I choose algae that reacts like lignin when heated.  

Still in progress...